A Tribute to Dick Cole

dick-cole-2008You will see, in the column at the left, that the “Gath­er­ings” began in 1993. At that time, we thought that it was a one-time event, which was held in northern Petaluma. I had no idea that the group had started up again by Dick Cole and some others who had attended the first event. Gath­ering 1999 shows the Geezer group at a restau­rant in Sonoma, Dick’s home­town. As the atten­dance grew, the restau­rant could no longer hold us. The park in Corte Madera became an easier loca­tion for the crowd.

Through the years, Dick Cole was able to share his water­color paint­ings with the commer­cial art and the fine art communities.

This, below, is a collec­tion of Dick Cole’s paint­ings that appeared as the 2008 calendar for the Bank of Marin. For several years, the calen­dars were offered to the Bank of Marin’s account holders. Each year, Dick would remove one of the twelve and add a new painting from a loca­tion in Marin County. The year that the bank was no longer presenting this beau­tiful calendar, I took this 2008 calendar and kept using it by finding the month with the correct sequence of days and I’d stick on a note where I printed the current month — so I could keep seeing Dick’s paint­ings. At one of our Geezer picnics, I told Dick that I did this- — I got one of his wonderful smiles.

We will miss seeing any more new paint­ings with Dick Cole’s deft touch.
We will miss his jovial wit. We will miss his friendship.